Daily Worship

Surprised by Jesus

Fiona Campbell April 01, 2013 0 0

John 20: 12-16

​Mary stood crying outside the tomb. While she was still crying, she bent over and looked in the tomb 12 and saw two angels there dressed in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 “Woman, why are you crying?” they asked her.

She answered, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!”

14 Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 “Woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who is it that you are looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener, so she said to him, “If you took him away, sir, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned toward him and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (This means “Teacher.”)

​Jesus makes seven appearance to friends after his death and each on of them has something to tell us about this week’s theme “I am with you always’; Always means TODAY and that’s NOW.

I often give thanks, God, for Mary and all that we learn from her; Mary, who was in the right place to meet Jesus Mary, who knew you so well, yet didn’t recognise you. Mary, who was so grateful for all you had done, yet failed to see you. Mary who heard you say her name and grasped the truth. Let us carry the story of Mary with us into our daily routine.

We know the place in our hearts where we meet you,  We know that you come, however we feel. By your grace we can learn to recognise you , in the people we meet, in the situations we face  in the expected and the unexpected.

Forgive us when we don’t recognise you When our eyes are clouded by our own blindness When the clamour of the world drowns your quiet calling of our name.

Today let us be like Mary, open, responsive and ready to share our experience with others.


written by Maggie Lunan